Vegetable paella

Anna Jones paella

It’s happened, I’ve found an Anna Jones recipe that I’m not all that keen on – her Artichoke and Fennel Seed Paella. I’ve got a feeling it was something to do with not having a couple of essential ingredients to hand and being too lazy to pop to the shop, but I have to admit, even if I had cooked the recipe as it was supposed to be cooked, I still don’t I’d like Anna’s veggie paella as much as Yotam Ottelnghi’s one. But, you should make your own mind up. Continue reading

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Black dhal

Black Dhal

In need of a restorative food hug while suffering from an annoying bout of ‘summer’ flu, I cooked up a big vat of Anna Jones’ Black dhal from her fabulous book a modern way to eat.

Although it’s called black dhal, the finished dish is actually a chocolaty brown colour, however, the uncooked black lentils are little white gems with a black husk. I’d never come across black lentils (also known as urad dhal or black gram), and thought that I’d struggle to find them. Luckily, I have a very handy International Supermarket on my high street, which as its’ name suggests, sells a wealth of international produce. If you can’t find what you need in here, you won’t find it anywhere. Having hunted the ‘grains pulses wall’ (yes, you heard right, there is a wall of grains and pulses), I came across Urid Dal. Not sure whether I’d found what I needed, I bought it anyway, and with the help of Google discovered it was just what I needed. Hoorah. Continue reading

Proper chilli

Chilli I already have a favourite chilli recipe courtesy of the Low-GI Vegetarian Cookbook, but being a massive fan of Anna Jones’ a modern way to eat, I couldn’t resist having a ‘chilli-off’ to see whether I could be converted. While the low-GI Best Ever Chilli is packed full of the usual ingredients you’d expect to find in a veggie chilli recipe (lentils, kidney beans, pepper etc), Anna’s chilli heads down a very different route, bulking out the dish with a variety of grains, alongside puy lentils and haricot beans. The result, a much lighter, but equally filling bowl of loveliness. And if that’s not enough to tempt you to try this recipe, what about the fact that it uses not one, not two, but three different types of chilli in it? Oh, and it’s dead simple to make too. Continue reading

Kale chips

Kale chips

I hate wasting food, so, with leftover kale in the fridge, following my attempt at lemony lentil and crispy kale soup earlier in the week, I thought I’d try my arm at kale chips.

Still pouring over Anna Jone’s book, I decided to follow her recipe for oven-baked kale chips – despite already knowing that you lightly coat the kale in oil, put it on a lined baking sheet and pop it in the oven at a reasonably low heat for 20 minutes or so. Continue reading

Dairy-free risotto

springtime risotto

If a finalist on Masterchef declared they were about to attempt a dairy-free risotto, John and Gregg would probably be muttering something along the lines of: ‘Dairy-free risotto. Are they mad?’

Risotto appears to have been the nemesis of many a Masterchef contestant across the globe, but the husband seems to have mastered the art and got a bit huffy when I suggested that, I, instead of him, would attempt to cook Anna Jones’, butter and cheese free, Springtime wild garlic and lemon risotto. (I promise I’ll cook from a wider variety of books next week – it’s just Anna’s book is REALLY good.) Continue reading

Lemony lentil soup

lemony lentil soup

It’s been one of those weeks – and it’s only Wednesday. The husband and myself have been fighting off colds since the weekend and the toddler was sent home from nursery with conjunctivitis. Joy!

Come lunchtime today I thought perhaps a big bowl of homemade soup would sort us all out. Looking for inspiration I returned to my new guilty pleasure, Anna Jones’ a modern way to eat. She’s got an array of delicious soups to choose from, and they all look as if they would make a week like ours melt away in one spoonful. Continue reading

Cooking up a Mexican feast

black bean taco

Our good friends, who are vegetarians, came to lunch today. I like to theme meals, so having sent the husband to the supermarket to buy a few bottles of Corona, I set about creating a vegetarian Mexican feast, inspired by new favourite cookbook a modern way to eat, by Anna Jones. She worked for Jamie Oliver, but has carved a niche for herself as a food stylist and writer of this brilliant vegetarian cookbook. Continue reading